The Hoteliers  Association of  Nigeria, Ekiti chapter has lauded the Police and Governor Biodun Oyebanji for their efforts in arresting criminals terrorising the State. 

Speaking at a security meeting on Friday, Ekiti President, High Chief Micheal Osaloni, said that the arrest of more than 20 suspects linked to different cases of criminal activities in the state signposted Oyebanji’s administration zero-tolerance for insecurity.

“We applaud Commissioner of Police for his swift actions in addressing rising the security challenges, particularly in the state capital, Ado-Ekiti. 

“The prompt arrest of these perpetrators is a significant step towards restoring peace and security in Ekiti State”, he added. 

He dissociated the association from illegal hotel operators who harbored the criminals, saying the Hoteliers under his watch were fully committed to improved peace and security.

Osaloni asked the State Government  to set up a Special Taskforce which would enforce the operational Tourism  and Hospitality Regulation Law of Ekiti State, 2020.

This, he said, if enforced, would flush out illegal operators and unscrupulous individuals as the law compels every hotel operators to register and be certified by the bureau of Tourism Development and Hoteliers Association before commencement of operation. 

He said there was urgent need for strategic intervention as well as radical measures to address activities of illegal hotel operators in the state. 

The Secretary of Hoteliers Association, Pastor Stephen Abimbola, assured the Police of hoteliers’ support to ensure a safer environment  where daily business  activities can be carried out without fear.

He appealed to the State Government to consider the hoteliers in their economic programmes and welfare package as the association is the highest employers of labour after the civil workers in the State.